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Ocean Worlds: The story of seas on Earth and…

Ocean Worlds: The story of seas on Earth and other planets

by Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams

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Zalasiewicz and Williams try to cover a truly vast subject - the origin, history, present state, and future of Earth's oceans; the possible vanished seas of Venus and Mars; the subsurface water layers of various bodies of the outer solar system; the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan; and the hypothetical water masses of extrasolar planets - in a compact (336pp) and accessible package. They succeed quite well I think: there is, of course, a near infinity of further detail that could have been added, but by keeping largely to the big picture the authors provide an excellent introduction to the present state of knowledge about seas on Earth and elsewhere.
  AndreasJ | May 1, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0199672881, Hardcover)

Oceans make up most of the surface of our blue planet. They may form just a sliver on the outside of the Earth, but they are very important, not only in hosting life, including the fish and other animals on which many humans depend, but in terms of their role in the Earth system, in regulating climate, and cycling nutrients. As climate change, pollution, and over-exploitation by humans puts this precious resource at risk, it is more important than ever that we understand and appreciate the nature and history of oceans. There is much we still do not know about the story of the Earth's oceans, and we are only just beginning to find indications of oceans on other planets.

In this book, geologists Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams consider the deep history of oceans, how and when they may have formed on the young Earth - topics of intense current research - how they became salty, and how they evolved through Earth history. We learn how oceans have formed and disappeared over millions of years, how the sea nurtured life, and what may become of our oceans in the future. We encounter some of the scientists and adventurers whose efforts led to our present understanding of oceans. And we look at clues to possible seas that may once have covered parts of Mars and Venus, that may still exist, below the surface, on moons such as Europa and Callisto, and the possibility of watery planets in other star systems.

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Oceans feed us and affect our climate. With climate change, pollution, and overfishing, our oceans are at risk as never before. Yet we are only just learning their history and processes. Here, Zalasiewicz and Williams describe what we know of their origin and development on Earth, oceans on other planets, and what the future might hold for our own.… (more)

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